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10650 Gateway Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63132
Office: 314-400-2115 Fax: 314-569-4199


Cultivating Young Cooks

An Event at the Missouri Botanical Garden

FREE with Garden admission

Saturday • October 17, 2015 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

@ The Kemper Center for Home Gardening at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Drop in for an hour or come for the day and explore the fun, fascinating, and healthy aspects of food—from growing your own vegetables and herbs to exploring new culinary flavors.

Several organizations will be on hand to share information on a wide range of topics from healthy home cooking to beekeeping to vermiculture, goat milking, applying for school gardens and grants, and much more.

Participating Organizations

  • American Culinary Federation’s Chef and Child Foundation
  • Gateway Greening
  • Missouri Botanical Garden’s Education Department
  • Saint Louis County Parks
  • Saint Louis University High School
  • University of Missouri Extension Service
  • Saint Louis Master Gardeners
  • Gateway Region YMCA
  • Area cooking schools and chefs

ADMISSION: Cultivating Young Cooks is included with Missouri Botanical Garden admission of $8 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under. St. Louis City and County residents enjoy discounted admission of $4 and free admission on most Wednesday and Saturday mornings until noon. Missouri Botanical Garden members are free.

Hosted by: The Missouri Botanical Garden • 4344 Shaw Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63110 • (314) 577-5100 • www.mobot.org

For more information, see flyer here


Free workshops for health insurance agents and brokers

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Source: Brenda Procter, 573-882-3820; Graham McCaulley, 573-882-2005

 Health insurance agents and brokers who want up-to-date information about the Affordable Care Act can sign up for workshops in September and October.

University of Missouri Extension, in partnership with Missouri Foundation for Health and The Mission Center, will offer free trainings throughout the state on the ACA Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) and the individual marketplace.

Anyone who attends will get three continuing education units (CEUs) at no charge, said Brenda Procter, associate professor of personal finance for University of Missouri Extension.

There’s an advantage for agents and brokers taking this extra training and becoming certified to operate in the marketplace.

“What that could mean for them is if a consumer or business goes into healthcare.gov and searches by ZIP code, the agent or broker’s business can pop up,” said Graham McCaulley, MU Extension assistant professor of personal finance.

The agenda will include “The Basics of the Affordable Care Act,” “How to Help Individual and Family Consumers Navigate the Marketplace,” “Employer Sponsored Health Insurance Under the ACA,” “Accessing and Using the Small Business Health Options Program” and “A Guide to Marketplace Certification and Training.”

Lunch will be provided at no cost to the participants. To find a workshop near you, go to extension.missouri.edu/insure and look at the calendar section on the right side of the page.

Workshop dates and locations

Monday, Sept. 14, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Adair County Annex Building, 300 N. Franklin, Kirksville.

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
CIC@CET Building, 20 S. Sarah St., St. Louis.

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Capitol Plaza Hotel, 415 W. McCarty St., Jefferson City.

Thursday, Sept. 17, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield.

Friday, Sept. 18, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
MU Extension in Cape Girardeau County, 684 W. Jackson Trail, Jackson.

Monday, Oct. 19, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Homebank of Hannibal, 3817 McMasters Ave., Hannibal.

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
MU Extension in St. Charles County, 260 Brown Road, St. Peters.

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Phelps County Courthouse, 200 N. Main, Room 149, Rolla.

Thursday, Oct. 22, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Granny Shaffer’s Restaurant, 2728 N. Range Line Road, Joplin.

Friday, Oct. 23, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
MU Extension in Howell County, 1376 Bill Virdon Blvd., West Plains


The Fundamentals of Selling to the Government-The First Steps

The federal government awards more than $500 billion dollars in contracts annually to small business owners. Are you ready to market yourself to the world’s largest customer?

Our office will be presenting four seminars on how to sell to the government.  Each seminar will last three hours and will focus on the critical first steps to becoming a government contractor, how to identify opportunities and understanding the contracting process. The seminar will also cover MO PTAC (Procurement Technical Assistance Center) services available to assist Missouri businesses in all aspects of government contracting. From 8/1/2014 thru 7/31/ 2015 MO PTAC assisted small businesses receive $487M worth of federal contracts.

Each seminar will be on a Thursday at our office at 10650 Gateway Blvd., Creve Coeur, 63132 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.  The dates of each seminar are:

October 8, 2015 (Thursday)
November 12, 2015 (Thursday)
December 10, 2015 (Thursday

Register here  

For more information, see flyer here


Women’s Financial Series begins in October

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — If you’d like to gain confidence in your ability to make financial decisions and learn how to manage your money more effectively, then a class this fall sponsored by University of Missouri Extension can help.The Women’s Financial Education Series is designed to help individuals, especially women, increase their current level of financial knowledge, develop confidence in their decision-making ability, and gain control of their lives through informed money management.This five-session series will be held 6-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, October, 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at the University of Missouri Extension Center, 10650 Gateway Blvd., Creve Coeur, 63132.

Instructors include University of Missouri faculty and local experts. The fee is $49, which covers five sessions, a financial workbook and other financial management resources. Session topics include spending and saving, credit, insurance, planning for retirement, investing and estate planning.

Registration is required. The deadline to register is September 25. Partial scholarships are available thanks to financial support from Wells Fargo. A brochure/registration form is available at extension.missouri.edu/wfes/.

For more information, call 636-970-3000 or email gellmans@missouri.edu.  University of Missouri Extension programs are open to all.


Bailey Lutz Joins our Faculty as a STEM Educator

Bailey is a recent graduate of Saint Louis University with her Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Science.  She is excited to join the 4-H team as a STEM educator and share with others the importance of hands on education with today's youth.  Bailey will be working on the 4-H Tech Wizards program, which is being replicated around the U.S. through National Mentoring Program grants from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the National 4-H Council.

In addition her position with the University of Missouri Extension, Bailey also works part time at the Saint Louis Zoo in the Education department where she leads overnight programs teaching visitors about animals and how zoo keepers take care of animals. She is passionate about science and our environment, and enjoys sharing that with others.  

Bailey is also a volunteer with Relay for Life where she manages volunteers, organizes activities, and schedules entertainment and events to help raise money for the American Cancer Society.


Kandace Fisher-McLean Obtains her Ph.D.

Housing and Environmental Design Specialist, Kandace Fisher-McLean recently obtained her Ph.D. from Mizzou.  Check out the video in which she is highlighted by clicking here.


Food Preservation Workshops

Leslie Bertsch*,our new Nutrition Faculty member, will be presenting three workshops on food preservation in September at the Thomas Dunn Learning Center.

Over the course of three workshops, course participants will learn how to make delicious salsa and chutney, the basics around pickling and fermenting vegetables, and how to make quick and easy sweet spreads and applesauce to preserve the harvest. 

“Make & Take” your products home with you to enjoy! Everyone registered will engage in hands-on activities, learning how to properly can salsa and fruits, and how to pickle vegetables.  

You can register for individual sessions or for all three sessions.

  • September 2nd –  6pm-8pm – Tomato-based Salsa and Tomato-Apple Chutney
  • September 9th –   6pm-8pm – Pickled and Fermented Vegetables
  • September 16th –  6pm-8pm - Sweet Spreads and Applesauce

Location: Thomas Dunn Learning Center, 3113 Gasconade St., St. Louis 63118, 314.353.3050

Cost:  $40 for entire session or $15 per session

You must pay at the time of registration.  No refunds will be given to participants who do not properly cancel.

Download the flyer here for more information (PDF).

Register Here

Leslie Bertsch joins our faculty

Leslie Bertsch, MS, MPH, RD, LD- MU Extension, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist  

Mrs. Bertsch currently serves as MU Extension- St. Louis County’ s newest Nutrition and Health Education Specialist. Leslie comes to MU Extension with 10 years of experience in community/public health nutrition. Prior to joining Extension, Leslie was the Director of Nutrition Education at Operation Food Search. For five years, she led a team of nutritionists administering a community nutrition education program for food-insecure families in the St. Louis Metro Area. As a public health practitioner, Leslie believes that providing preventative education services to residents and leading community organizations to implement better health and wellness policies will provide the tools needed for everyone to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Leslie is excited to be part of the MU Extension family and is looking forward to providing research-based health education to all residents living in the St. Louis Metro Area. Leslie currently lives in West St. Louis County with her husband and when not out in the community teaching, you can usually find her outside being active.

An Introduction to Prevailing Wage and Service Contracting Laws Seminar on October 21 and January 20

Join Labor Education Specialist, Rob Russell and PTAC Specialist, Millie Miller-Hoover, for a two-day seminar on Prevailing Wage and Service Contracting Laws. The seminars are $20 per session (per person).

Download the flyer here for more information (PDF).

Register Here

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2014 Annual Report

Interested in how MU Extension served the St. Louis area in 2014? Check out our Annual Report (PDF).

MU Extension: earthquake preparedness

Preparing for the next damaging earthquake can help you and your family to survive and recover. The seven steps that follow include actions to keep you and your loved ones safe, reduce potential damage and recover quickly. By following them, countless casualties can be avoided and millions of dollars saved. Preparation is the key to surviving a disaster. You can start today by following these seven steps. Click here to view the flyer (PDF).

MU Extension in St. Louis offers 4-H Robotics

Moving into a new space?

Watch MU Extension Housing Specialist, Kandace Fisher-McLean, instruct new renters/owners what to look for when moving into a new space.

MU Extension soil testing in St. Louis

MU Extension offers soil testing all year long. If you have any questions or would like more information, you can reach Nathan Brandt at 314-400-7388. See our Soil test flyer (PDF) for more details about sample size as well as drop-off locations. We look forward to seeing you!


MU Extension offers health insurance education

Because of the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), individuals, families and businesses will need to make decisions about their health insurance. As a nonpartisan entity, University of Missouri Extension provides education to ensure that you have the resources and skills you need to make informed health insurance decisions for yourself, your family and your business. Call the University of Missouri Extension Center in St. Louis County at 314-400-2115 -OR- Send an e-mail to stlouisco@missouri.edu and include your name and phone number in the message.

MU Extension is providing this information to help Missouri residents make informed health insurance decisions by understanding options and responsibilities outlined in the Affordable Care Act. MU Extension
provides factual information on public policies such as the ACA. Learn more at our website: extension.missouri.edu/insure

MU Extension's Millie Miller-Hoover

Have you met our PTAC specialist, Millie Miller-Hoover? She's the person to talk to if your business— including small, disadvantaged and women-owned firms — needs assistance in obtaining federal, state and local government contracts. Her contact info is: 314-400-2115 or millerhooverm@umsystem.edu! She's here to help!

Soil sample instructional video

Watch MU Extension Horticulture Specialist, Nathan Brandt, demonstrate the proper way to take a soil sample.

Green Cleaning Series with Kandace Fisher-McLean

Interested in crafting your own homemade cleaners? Contact Kandace Fisher-McLean for information on her Green Cleaning Series. Her class demonstrates making your own environmentally-friendly cleaners at home. All supplies will be provided. Craft your own cleaner, test it out and take it home! Fee: $15. Watch her create laundry detergent!

Room rental in our office

Need a space for your next meeting? The MU Extension in St. Louis office has meeting rooms for rent! Please contact us immediately for pricing and availability. Call 314-400-2115 or StLouisCo@missouri.edu.



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